Cape Breton Island restaurants

Top Choice Pub Food in Ceilidh Trail

Red Shoe Pub

The Red Shoe is the place to catch a bit of Celtic music as you mosey down the Ceilidh Trail. The homely, ramshackle pub hosts at least one gig seven nights a week, from country crooners to folky fiddlers, and you c…
Top Choice Canadian in North Sydney

Black Spoon

If you ask a local where to eat in North Sydney, they'll point you straight to the Spoon. It's a small space that goes big on flavours: hazelnut-crusted salmon, scallop carbonara, bacon-bourbon ribs, washed down wit…
Top Choice Seafood in Baddeck

Baddeck Lobster Suppers

In Baddeck's former legion hall, this local institution offers your choice of lobster, salmon, snow crab or strip loin with all-you-can-eat mussels, chowder and dessert for an all-in $50. It's no-frills dining: you'…
Top Choice Canadian in Ingonish

Main Street Restaurant & Bakery

Come breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, Ingonish's friendly diner is the place most people head for when they're feeling hungry. Chunky BLT sandwiches, homemade waffles, big plates of chicken, pasta and seafood, an…
Bistro in Sydney

Flavor on the Water

Sydney's swankiest restaurant, this high-ceilinged bistro in a large waterfront complex serves upmarket plates of salmon, blackened cod, strip loin and halibut. Go for the monster sharing platters ($99), loaded with…
Cafe in Cabot Trail

Dancing Goat

When a place this out of the way is this busy, it's gotta be good. Everything is homemade, most ingredients are local, and the hearty breakfasts are the best you'll get on Cape Breton. Big sandwiches and salads can …
Seafood in Chéticamp

Harbour Restaurant

A reliable stalwart in central Chéticamp, with windows looking onto the strait and a slightly alarming slope in the floors at low tide. Seafood's the specialty: chow down on a snow-crab or lobster dinner, or go for …
Native American in Sydney


Based at Membertou Heritage Park, this restaurant provides the rare opportunity to try Mi'kmaw-inspired dishes, such as four-cent bread, cedar-plank salmon, barbecued duck, and a foraged-fruit-and-berry salad.
Bakery in Chéticamp

La Boulangerie Aucoin

If you've never tried an Acadian meat pie, this fine little bakery, founded in 1959, will happily oblige. It also has fresh home-style breads (including baguettes), cinnamon rolls, molasses cookies, scones and sandw…
Pub Food in Sydney

Governors Pub & Eatery

Governors is easily the most popular place in Sydney. Stop by to mingle with the after-work crowd for drinks, dine on gourmet pub grub or just sink a beer on the 1st-floor deck. There are regular live-music jams.